Can term limits be extended through legislation instead of referendum?
There are stories in the papers today to the effect that Mayor Bloomberg and members of the City Council may be working on a plan to extend term limits through legislation by the end of the year. This way Bloomberg could run for a third term and council members about to be term limited next year might get a shot at an extra term or two. They seem to think this can be done without a public referendum to amend the city charter. I guess the thinking is that while you'd need a referendum to eliminate term limits altogether, that they could be extended through legislation.
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The question for any of you experts on city laws then is if Bloomberg and the City Council do pass such legislation, will it hold up in court? Can you in fact extend term limits without a referendum?
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